Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency Files)
LONDON, Ont. - Ontario Liberal leadership contender Kathleen Wynne touched down in London briefly Saturday during a region-wide blitz of coffee shops and restaurants aimed at shoring up support among Liberals for next weekend’s party convention.
The whirl-Wynne tour took her through territory that has turned away from the Liberals in recent times, largely because of wind turbines and a sense her party is Toronto-centric.
So the Torontonian took pains to stress as premier she would also become minister of agriculture and food and focus on rural concerns, get greater community buy-in for wind projects and work to boost the economy of the struggling region.
“I’m going to be the premier for the whole province,” she said. “I’m running to govern.”
With only two of Ontario’s premiers having come from Toronto — George Drew in the 1940s and Bob Rae in the 1990s — she said that could be “accident of history.”